About Us

Rueben Taipari (Te Rarawa, Ngā Puhi, Tūhoe) is an organic gardener specializing in Māori potatoes!  He is an environmental activist, entrepreneur and straight talker.  After ten years living in Australia, he returned to learn Te Reo Māori and spent many years working with youth, teaching them land based skills to move into the work force. International slow food rep (opposite of fast food!) Rueben's staunch about Māori independence and food sovereignty.  Earth builder, he recently completed the Te Hononga community centre in Kawakawa.  Rueben lives in Ahipara on his off grid papakāinga he built, with his mum, sons and wider whānau. 

 

Heeni Hoterene (Ngāti Hine, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Raukawa ki te tonga, Ngāi Tahu)

Educator, creative, designer researcher, facilitator and broadcaster. Heeni enjoys cooking kai for her whanau as much as eating it!  A graduate Heeni acknowledges all of the old people that have taught her a thing or two. Lover of history, Heeni enjoys translating traditional knowledge into a modern-day context to uplift and connect others.

Heeni loves speaking Te Reo Maori to her 4 children and spends most of her time living in Motatau on her tupuna land.

  • Fluent in Te Reo Maori me ona tikanga.
  • Designer of tikanga and community empowerment programs.#maramataka
  • Trainer of more then 4000 practitioners in maramataka planning – government, community & whanau sectors.
  • International slow food representative & organic gardener. #terramadre
  • Eco off grid rammed earth community housing designer and developer. #whareuku

We want to acknowledge a few amazing people that have supported us to share and develop maramataka knowledge.

Ihaka Poata

Hoterene Tipene

Percy Tipene

Te Kai Makiha